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With spring just around the corner, it’s time to take inventory of home improvement projects you’d like to get done in the months to come. Winter weather can be tough on homes and outdoor spaces often need a little sprucing up before the spring time entertaining season arrives. Continue reading →
It’s spring and it’s the perfect time of year to get ready for outdoor DIY projects. If you plan on doing any planting or gardening but you’re not ready to venture into a soggy backyard just yet, we recommend projects that can be completed in the garage and moved outside when the sun appears.
A spring planter box is the perfect project for creating indoors in preparation for more pleasant weather to come. The simplicity of a planter box makes it utilitarian for growing flowers, herbs or vegetables and portable enough to be moved around.
You can find tutorials on the major DIY sites. Think about where you want to show off your plants and draw a diagram for how the box will fit in that space.
- DIYNetwork: How to Build a Planter Box
- Curbly: Make a Super Simple Spring Planter
- HGTV: Planter Box Project (Video)
- Sunset: Raised-box Herb Garden
If your plans call for wood glue, try Amazing EcoGlue Premium Wood.
After constructing your planter box, a little planning will help ensure that your plants thrive in their new home. It’s best to choose plants that do not grow over a foot high and do well with restricted roots.
Observe the sunlight where you want to place your boxes and note how m uch sun exposure those spots receive. Depending on the particular condition, choose plants that grow best in sunlight or shade. In the spring, choose plants that do not mind cooler temperatures.
To learn more about what to put in your planter box and how to care for plants in containers, visit the following links:
Now that winter is over, it’s time to start thinking about home improvement projects you’d like to get done this spring. First, make a list of projects you’d like to complete. Include small but important chores so you won’t overlook them, and big projects so you can budget ahead. Here are some ideas for each month to get you started!
Clean gutters and drainage spouts, removing any debris. HGTV has some great tips on how to properly clean and repair gutters.
Repair fences and arbors so they’ll be ready for planting season. If you want to try a planter box for flowers, check out our step by step instructions, here. If you need to repair holes or cracks and gouges, try Famowood Instant Wood Repair.
Repair window screens and check screening on porches before bug season arrives. For tips and a video how-to from HGTV go here.
Repair deck board by removing protruding nails and replace with coated or galvanized screws. Be sure to check and tighten bolts in deck supports. To avoid slippery surfaces use Anti-Skid Epoxy. It’s friendly on bare feet, lead free, and chemical, gas and oil resistant.
Touch up exterior paint, paying special attention to window sills, gable vents, garage doors. Check out 10 Things You Must Know When Painting a House Exterior from the DIY Network for more info and tips!
Clean gas grill and replace or repair any rusted or damaged parts. Try using Seal All to patch leaks or reattach loose parts. It’s not affected by gasoline, oil, alcohol, water and most solvents, making it ideal for for these repairs.
Complete larger exterior painting jobs. Follow the shade – don’t paint in direct sun – and quit before dusk so the paint can dry before dew forms. For most exterior jobs, look for 100 percent acrylic, and buy at least the “better” quality.
However, with a little attention, you can be ready for outdoor entertaining season. Here are our favorite tips:
- Repair patio furniture umbrellas, retractable awnings and upholstery right away. Of course we like Amazing GOOP for these tasks because it dries flexibly – perfect for cloth repairs.
- No deck, but you want an outdoor entertaining space? Try a “paver patio.” It’s a weekend warrior type project, but totally doable. Add a fire pit, and your yard will be the place to be on warm summer nights.
- Seal your concrete surfaces like driveways. Spring is an ideal time, according to HGTV‘s spring maintenance checklist. This video will give you the step-by-step.
- Like it or not, we’re still in for some more rain, so check the rain gutters in case they are loose or leaky. Make sure, too, that the downspouts point away from the foundation.
Happy Spring! If you have any other tips (or questions), please leave them in the comments.